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How to Keep Your Pet Safe During an Emergency

In the event of a natural disaster, your primary goal is to keep everyone safe, including your pets. If the conditions are not safe for you, they are not safe for your pets. Never leave an animal behind. That's why you need to include your pets in your disaster safety...

Paint Color Trends of 2019

Are you starting to stare at the interior walls within your home thinking it's time for an upgrade? Starting to feel that the decor you have scattered around no longer looks good with the paint color you picked five years ago? Whether you're moving into a new home or...

It’s Time! Top 3 Reasons to Get Your Home AC Checked Before Summer

How many miles have you put on your air conditioner in the last year? Since we don't log miles on an air conditioning system as we do a car, this is actually an impossible question to answer. However, the bigger point is: just as you put miles on your car every time...

What Every Homeowner Should Know About Their Insurance Coverage

Have you ever wondered, "How much home insurance do I need?" Well, you might, especially when you're faced with a lengthy list of policy options from your insurance agent. Do you really need all that coverage? On average, at least 6% of homeowners make a claim to...

How to Avoid 5 Crazy Expensive Home Repairs

The cost of owning a house includes more than just your monthly mortgage payment. Home improvements and repairs also take up a large amount of your budget, but they're essential to maintaining (and maybe even increasing) the value of your home. However, home repairs...

10 Common Kitchen Problems to Fix ASAP

Whether your fridge isn't keeping things cool or your oven doesn't heat things up, kitchen appliances can cause all kinds of problems. Find out what's causing the issue and whether it needs to be repaired or replaced. Knowing the average life expectancy of major...

What Causes an Electrical Short Circuit?

The term short circuit is often used somewhat incorrectly to refer to any wiring problem in an electrical circuit. Officially, though, a short circuit refers to a specific condition in which electricity strays outside the established pathway of an electrical circuit....

Is It Time to Replace Your Home’s Plumbing?

Failure of any portion of your home's plumbing can lead to major property damage and loss of furnishings. Piping and pipe connections often fail due to age, lack of maintenance, major fluctuations in temperature, faulty components or low-quality installations....

5 Common Electrocution Dangers in Your Home

Of all the scary hazards that could exist in your home, electrocution is one that should not be taken lightly. There's always a risk of being shocked by some of those handy products you use in your home on a daily basis. The Occupational Safety and Health...

Electrical Wiring Color Coding System

Opening up an outlet or switch box, you might be confronted with a bewildering array of wires of different colors. Black, white, bare copper, and other colors closely intermingle, yet each one has its own specific purpose. knowing the purpose of each wire will keep...

5 Common Plumbing Mistakes That Homeowners Make

Lots of people like to do their own plumbing work, either to save money or because they enjoy tinkering around the house. While there's something to be said for doing one's own plumbing work, these common mistakes can have expensive results. Knowing the pitfalls of...

6 Insider Secrets Only Electricians Know

The electrical system is one of the essential elements of a home. You have a lot riding on whether it works right, including your family's safety. Does that mean you always need to bring in a professional electrician when something goes wrong? There are some things...

Kitchen Improvements for Under $100

You can create a functional and inviting kitchen your entire family will enjoy without spending a fortune. The average cost of a kitchen remodel is $12,700 to $33,200. Instead of breaking the bank, get rid of that remodeling itch with these DIY kitchen updates, all...

Holiday Home Guide: Is Your Home Ready for the Holidays?

The holiday season is upon us, and at MHS we know that you have many things to prepare for and not quite enough time for it all. In light of that, we have compiled this list of things to get you thinking about whether or not your home is ready for holiday guests....

Christmas Light Safety Tips

These Christmas light safety tips will help you get in the holiday spirit and reduce your risk of fire or electric shock injuries. There's nothing like a twinkling strand of Christmas lights to really dress up a home, which is why many homeowners and renters hang them...

7 Weekend Improvement Projects You Can Do in Your Pajamas

The winter months are synonymous with hibernation mode. Who wants to go outside during the 1/5 Florida cold days? So don't let the next blizzard or polar vortex take the wind out of your home renovation sails. A frigid winter weekend is the perfect time tackle an...

8 Cleaning Chores We All Forget Make a Huge Difference

Cleaning the house is a must before the guests arrive. Yet while we'll bet your countertops sparkle and your floors gleam, there are a few cleaning tasks that probably fell off your to-do list. So before you hang up your mop and duster, check this list twice to see if...

6 Holiday Fire Hazards To Avoid

The holidays may be billed as the most wonderful time of year, but they're also a prime time for unexpected dangers, like house fires. Everything from that deep-fried turkey to your Christmas lights to fried Hanukkah donuts can spark a blaze. So in an effort to keep...

6 Explanations Your Thermostat is Out of Whack

You rely on your thermostat to keep the temperature levels in your home in check. However, if your thermostat is on the fritz, it could throw off your whole HVAC system, which will affect your comfort level. That's because if your system is working harder, you'll have...

3 Frequently Asked Questions About Home Plumbing

When it comes to your home plumbing, you probably never give it a second thought until you are forced to deal with something not working right. Plumbing issues can range from seemingly minor problems to major emergencies that can't wait to be fixed. All in all, it's...

Here’s What You Need to Know About Home Heating Systems

It's that pivotal time of the year when your annual heating system service call is on your mind, or at least it should be. This service call, which is also referred to as a furnace tune-up, is a safe and smart move that definitely pays off in the long run. But is it...

Your Top 5 Fireplace Questions, Answered

It's starting to feel like fall in Florida! So you are probably getting in the mood to hear the snap, crackle, and pop of a roaring fire. Here's everything you need to know about your fireplace and how to make your home cozy this winter season. How do I use a...

Laundry Mishaps Solved!

We have all been there: You pour out a clean load of laundry only to find socks missing and holes in your favorite t-shirt. It's frustrating to think that your washer and dryer - two of the handiest household appliances- are responsible for your laundry mishaps and...

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